That is what the Commissioner told residents during a town hall meeting, organized by the ruling Labour Party Government on Wednesday, in the Parish of St. Peters.
He said over the last 35 months the islands have seen a significant decrease in crime here in the federation and although there are challenges like any other country, “major crime is down.” He added that for the first six months in 2014, “we saw drastic changes in the reduction of crime. Over the last three years, we have seen even higher reductions in crime,” stated the top cop.
He acknowledged the his perception and that of others in the country, might defer, given the recent criminal activities that have visited parts of the state, but Walwyn was adamant, “Believe me the crime in this federation is down. There are people who may say different but the numbers speak for themselves and we at the police force have nothing to hide. We place the stats for monthly crime on our Facebook page.”
The Commissioner also admitted that there are some young men and women in the communities who sometimes go astray, “…and we understand this and we have taken steps to help reduce crime in the federation even more than it has, by engaging our children. The Government of today has invested in a program called TAPS that would help our young people in high school to bridge the gap between the police and law enforcement and to help continue the downward trend of crime in the community.”
Walwyn also pointed to another initiative known as the MAGIC Program where they speak to the children in the elementary schools, giving them alternatives to drugs, gangs, guns and violence in the community and this is part of the reason why we are having downward shift in crime.
“But crime cannot continue to go down unless we have the support of the community and this is one of the reason why I am here,” said Walwyn. The police, he said wants to ensure they are open to the public.
The top police officer told the residents that “no matter what you hear, crime is going down in this country. This is one of the safest countries in the eastern Caribbean,” declared Commissioner Walwyn.
Also addressing the town hall meeting were Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas and his Minister of Youth, Glenn Phillip. The event was hosted at the St. Peter’s Community Centre.